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The Interuniversity Center for Social Science Theory and Methodology ICS offers fully funded PhD positions for a variety of projects.


The PhD students will be appointed for a four-year period, with a formal evaluation at the end of the first year. In this period the graduates will work on their individual project, leading to a doctoral dissertation.

The program (fully taught in English) will start from September 2nd, 2019.


Excellent candidates who gradua­ted or will graduate shortly in Sociology are invited to apply. Graduates in Psychology, Educational Sciences, Economics, Mathematics, Statistics or related disciplines are also encouraged to apply.

Conditions of employment

We offer, in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities, a salary of € 2.325 gross per month in the first year up to € 2.972 gross per month in the fourth year based on a full-time position. For information about employment conditions in Dutch universities please consult this website. Tuition fees do not apply.


The Interuniversity Center for Social Science Theory and Methodology (ICS) is an internationally renowned Research Center and Graduate School in the field of Sociology, located in the Nether­lands at the Universities of Groningen, Utrecht, Nijmegen, and Amsterdam (UvA).

Additional information

Extensive information on the ICS and the available PhD positions can be found on the ICS-website:

Further information, if necessary, can be obtained via

How to apply

Applications, online only through the ICS graduate school website, can be submitted as of March 11th, 2019. The deadline of application is April 7, 2019 (23.59 Dutch local time).

Interviews will be conducted on May 6th and May 7th, 2019 in Utrecht.

Please note that skype interviews on 18th and 19th 2019 could be part of the selection procedure.

Invitations for interviews will be sent by email after April 22nd, 2019.